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Concepts of the Self / Edition 2
     

Concepts of the Self / Edition 2

by Anthony Elliott
 

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ISBN-10: 0745639461

ISBN-13: 2900745639467

Pub. Date: 12/26/2007

Publisher: Wiley

This new and updated edition of Concepts of the Self remains the most lively, lucid and compelling introduction to contemporary controversies over the self and self-identity in the social sciences. Written by an author of international reputation, the book concentrates mainly on the work of social theorists and cultural analysts who have attempted to place the self in

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This new and updated edition of Concepts of the Self remains the most lively, lucid and compelling introduction to contemporary controversies over the self and self-identity in the social sciences. Written by an author of international reputation, the book concentrates mainly on the work of social theorists and cultural analysts who have attempted to place the self in relation to psychological processes, social contexts and historical perspectives. Mead, Freud, Goffman, Foucault, Chodorow, Kristeva and Baudrillard are among the figures covered; the new edition also introduces material on Zizek. Elliott also connects debates about the self directly to identity politics, the sociology of personal relationships and intimacy, and the politics of sexuality.

The book focuses upon cultural and political issues, and breaks new ground in integrating interdisciplinary perspectives. In analysing debates about the self, Elliott draws extensively on contemporary social and cultural theory. Among the traditions of thought discussed are symbolic interactionism, modern sociology, post-structuralist thought, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, and postmodernism.

Elliott reviews core concepts of the self through an analysis of several connected themes: the complex relation between self and society, the importance of the interpreting self in social life, the reshaping of processes of self-formation and the changing character of identity politics. The new edition continues to break new ground by introducing compelling, contemporary material on the globalization of the self. Concepts of the Self is an accessible and invaluable introductory text for students in the areas of social and politicaltheory, sociology, social psychology, cultural studies and gender studies.

About the Author:
Anthony Elliott is Professor of Sociology at Flinders University, Australia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900745639467
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Series:
Key Concepts Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
216

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     1
The Arts of Self     7
Concepts of the Self     12
The Structure of the Book     24
Self, Society and Everyday Life     28
Self, Symbols and Others: Symbolic Interactionism     30
Presentations of Self: Goffman     37
Reflexivity and the Self: Giddens     44
The Repression of Self     53
Psychoanalysis and the Self     56
Culture and Repression     72
Technologies of the Self     85
Technologies of the Self: Foucault     88
Governmentality: New Technologies, New Selves     103
Self, Sexuality and Gender     112
Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Two Recent Views     112
The Politics of Gender Performance: Butler     124
Queer Theory: Contesting Self, Defying Gender     130
The Postmodern Self     138
All that is Modern Melts into Postmodern?     143
Strategies of the Self: Modern and Postmodern     153
Conclusion     162
Inner Depth, or Inside Out     162
Identity Politics, or Critique of Self     166
Afterword: Globalization, Postmodernization and NewIndividualism     169
Index     173

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